I signed up for the Brian Keyte workshop as I am obsessed with conquering Copper Red Glazes! My previous post gives you a bit of information about Brian. I can get copper reds, no worry. But they aren’t consistent and are often found running on the kiln shelf.
Arriving at Monsalvat for the Brian Keyte Workshop was a treat! It is an absolutely gorgeous setting!
Well I have to say that I wasn’t disappointed!
Brian was so generous with all of his information and had some really good general advice for potters.
A couple of advice gems that we all should hang on to were:
1. Don’t chase the rabbit down the hole just because you are curious.
2. When you look at other’s work, ask yourself WHAT it is that you like about it and then the BIG QUESTION….WHY DO YOU LIKE IT? If you don’t ask why, then you are just copying.
Brian also talked a great deal about glazes and how to “fix” problem glazes. Crazy, I have 3 copper red glaze recipes that i use and they ALL have Gerstley Borate in them and this could be the problem! So good to know and “fixable”! One of his main suggestions was test tiles – I know – what’s new!
He also demonstrated the proper use of a spray gun, the angle that is best and lots of tricks of the trade to get a good spray happening – all great info!!
One of the most interesting suggestions for getting consistently good copper reds is in the way you reduce your kiln. I reduce at the burners and at the flu, but according to Brian, to get a good top to bottom, even reduction, one should only reduce at the flu. The reduction at the burners gives a swirling, uneven reduction and if that is the look you are going for, then swirl away!
Another great tip was to check out the glaze software called Matrix out of New Zealand. On my list of things to do next week. Sounds great! I’ll keep you posted.
The exhibit at Montsalvat was awesome! Here’s a link to that exhibit. Click Here!
Seeing Brian’s work in person was a great treat! So gorgeous!
Ok, now back to the spray booth and the kiln! Let’s see if I can conquer this copper red thing!
Love to all!